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  • Dance film mocks stereotypes

    “Strictly Ballroom” (1992, rated PG) sparkles, struts and shrieks a warpath through the genre of dance competition dramas Thursday at Mesa Public Library.
    Writer and director Baz Luhrmann, known also for “The Great Gatsby” and “Moulin Rouge,” brings out all ballroom dancing’s garish best: the thick, horrifying make-up; the gaudy costumes; the tasteless trophy-seeking ambitions.
    There is very little joy of dancing for most of the competitors or judges in this film. But amid all the soap-operatic scheming and double-crossing, saunter Scott Hastings (Paul Mercurio) and Fran (Tara Morice). They love the steps, the rhythm, the freedom — a freedom that is threatened by ballroom bureaucrats who condemn any novelty on the dance floor.
    Sound corny? It is all very corny. The movie lovingly mocks every dance-movie stereotype, from the quintessential dance rebel to the partner who truly believes in him or her. There is nothing new here, but it’s all so fluffy and funny that I didn’t mind at all. And the dancing is pretty good to boot.

  • Los Pinguos plays at Ashley Pond Friday

    Los Pinguos play Ashley Pond, 7 p.m. Friday for the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. The band is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and they play a mix of Latin rhythms, reggae, rumba, tango, flamenco and rock. “The music is very energetic, fun, sexy, fiery and passionate. All right! It’s the 3rd Friday night party of the series,” coordinator Russell Gordon said.
    Gordon said he looked up “Los Pinguos,” in the Spanish-English dictionary. “Nada. On the computer, I only found an outstanding band from Buenos Aires,” he said.
    The Spanish word for “penguins” is “pinguinos”.
    “I looked up los pinguinos de Patagonia and there’s a lot of really cool pictures. One of Los Pinguos’ favorite bands and early influences were the Beatles it’s a good name!” Gordon said.
    Los Pinguos formed in 1999 in Buenos Aires and became very popular. In 2001, they moved to Los Angeles looking to find international success.
    They’ve played all the major clubs and world music festivals in the Los Angeles area and all over the United States and the world. They’ve played the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif., many times. The same street festival that the Red Elvises first performed at in Los Angeles.

  • 'Jersey Boys' a lively show with tough roots

    The Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” brought together people of all ages to enjoy the music and the life story of Frankie Valli and the early 1960s group, The Four Seasons.
    The seemingly sugar-coated boys from New Jersey were far from innocent. The four friends started singing under street lamps before becoming a sensation under the direction of manager Bob Crewe, played flamboyantly by Barry Anderson. Valli was only a young teen at the time and the group signed no contract. Only a mere handshake sealed the deal for their future.
    Their days in the spotlight were riddled with tough times, such as a drinking problem from Nick Massi, played by the stoic Brandon Andrus, who seemed a bit stiff at first, but was capturing the real Massi’s candor. Another dilemma the group had to overcome was the gambling problems and overall hijinks of Tommy DeVito. Played by Colby Foytik, he captured the essence of what a troubled soul DeVito really was, going so far as bankrupting the group with an enormous debt and getting them all a little too close to the New Jersey mob syndicate.
    Bob Gaudio was the brains behind the song writing and was played with vigor by Jason Kappus. The actor bore a strong resemblance to the real Bob Gaudio.

  • This week on PAC-8, May 31-June 6

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, May 31, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (5-21-13)
    01:00 PM National Day of Prayer
    03:00 PM Future Talk
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM The Glass Slipper
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society “Cold War Recollections: A Livermore Underground Test Perspective”
    08:30 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM The Glass Slipper
    10:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, Saturday, 2013
    FSTV

    Sunday, Sunday, 2013
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • 'Love and Loss' comes to LA for limited time

    After successful sold out performances in Santa Fe and Durango Co. “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” comes to Los Alamos for two shows only.
    The story was written by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. The play is produced and directed by Janet Davidson.
    Gioia Berlin, Anna Darrah, Jessica Osbourne, Debrianna Mansini and Rebekah Wiggins round out the cast.
    Performances will be 7:30 p.m., Saturday and 2 p.m., Sunday. Tickets $20, general admissions and $15 students and seniors.
    For more information, call Janet Davidson 438-6078 or 699-8501 or the Los Alamos Little Theater at 622-5493. 

  • The Red Elvises delight at Ashley Pond

    The Red Elvises, the Siberian rock band, who says they are “Your favorite band,” took the stage May 24 at Ashley Pond. This Friday, Los Pinguos; Argentina’s traditional and folk-rock band is set to take the stage at 7 p.m. to continue the Summer Concert Series.

  • This Week on PAC-8, May 24-30

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, May 24, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (5-21-13)
    01:00 PM National Day of Prayer
    03:00 PM Future Talk
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM The Glass Slipper
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society “Cold War Recollections: A
    Livermore Underground Test Perspective”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM The Glass Slipper
    10:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, May 25, 2013
    FSTV

    Sunday, May 26, 2013
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, May 27, 2013
    Happy Memorial Day – no local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM – 8:00 A.M. Wednesday - Free Speech TV

  • Local author honored with book award

    Cary Neeper, a longtime resident of Los Alamos, was named a silver medalist at the 2013 Nautilus Book Awards for her second title, “The Webs of Varok.”
    Released in December 2012, “The Webs of Varok” follows the human and alien cast from Neeper’s 1975 first-contact novel, “A Place Beyond Man” as they leave a troubled 21st century Earth for the promise of stability on a veiled moon of Jupiter.
    “The Webs of Varok” is the story of a mixed family gambling their trust in each other against the power of greed.
    Their challenges and progress on an alien world threatened by overgrowth portray in fiction some positive solutions to our current dilemmas here on Earth,” Neeper said.
    The Nautilus Awards recognize print books of all genres that inspire readers to explore new possibilities for positive change.
    According to their website, “Gold and Silver awards are given to print books of exceptional merit that make a literary and heartfelt contribution to spiritual growth, conscious living, high-level wellness, green values, responsible leadership and positive social change, as well as to the worlds of art, creativity, and inspiration.”
    Neeper’s book was recognized in the mid-grade/teen fiction category.

  • Party band to entertain at summer concert series

    Igor and the Red Elvises, brings the party to Los Alamos Friday.
    The Red Elvises started out as a Siberian wedding band, an ambitious Russian folk band named Limpopo, coming to the United States in the mid-1980’s. They lived in Santa Monica, Calif., and became popular there. They were introduced to President Ronald Reagan as a “hellipcrazy” Russian Folk ‘n’ Roll group, and in 1993 won on Ed McMahon’s International Star Search TV show. The Red Elvises formed in 1995 after lead singer, Igor Yuzov had a dream where Elvis Presley told him to become a rocker.
    “Fans from Los Alamos to Los Angeles, Seattle to Miami and all around the world (yes, the world) say, ‘Oh, you have to see them live. They’re so much fun!’ I’d bet there’s at least a thousand people in this town alone who agree,” Organizer Russell Gordon said. “They’re tremendous showmen. They’re always touring, always evolving. They’re talented and entertaining. I was checking them out on Facebook and there are a whole lot of new songs. There are some new members yet they’re still a tight band and very talented. Even if they aren’t your favorite band, they could be yours as they are mine, favorite “party” band.”

  • Call for auditions

    Auditions for The Adobe Theater’s production of the country revue musical, “Pump Boys and Dinettes.”
    Noon to 3 p.m., Saturday June 8 at The Adobe Theater. Performance dates are Aug. 2-25.
    Callbacks will be on Monday June 10th as arranged by the Director. Available roles: Four men, two women of all ages and body types
    Must be able to play a musical instrument (acoustic guitar, electric bass and keyboard) a plus. Bring instrument to the audition. A country western “style” song should be prepared, bring sheet music in proper key. There will be readings from the script and improvisational scenarios for each person.
    For more information contact Director Daryl Streeter at 480-0781 or ABQShutterSpeed1@aol.com.